National Agriculture Day on Tuesday

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

Rutherford County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dianne Davis,  announced that March 19 is National Ag Day, and invited all citizens to celebrate this area’s agriculture by honoring the hard-working farmers of Rutherford County.  This year’s theme is “Generations Nourishing Generations”. 

 “USDA studies show that the agricultural sector remains a bright spot of economic stability and growth,” said Davis.  “There is a strong demand for U.S. agricultural products.  Of course, generation after generation of agricultural producers in Rutherford County  rise early every day, providing the food, fiber and fuel that feed and clothe America and the world. ” 

“As research advances, the future continues to be positive,” Davis continued.  “New uses for North Carolina’s ag products are being found to utilize natural ingredients for life-saving medicines and supply the critical commodities required in a long list of manufacturing sectors .”  

Davis noted that, despite recent natural disasters weathered by farmers creating less than ideal growing conditions, producers still managed to grow the commodities that keep the economy moving forward.  And an abundant supply of renewable resources in an environmentally sensitive manner was maintained.  “For their life sustaining efforts, we honor Rutherford County’s agricultural producers for their vital contribution,” said Davis.

Major commodities produced in North Carolina include poultry, hogs, nursery and greenhouse, soybeans, cotton, corn tobacco and cattle.  North Carolina agricultural cash receipts exceeded $10.5 billion last year.    

Today, each American farmer produces enough food to feed 144 people, a dramatic increase from the 25 people a farmer sustained in 1960.  These increased efficiencies demonstrate that American agriculture is producing – and acheiveing more - than ever before.   

AgDay is a project of the Agriculture Council of America.  For further Ag Day information, visit www.agday.org.  More information on FSA assistance and programs can be obtained at 121 Laurel Drive Rutherfordton, (828) 287-4220.